More on the Naming of Carleton Place Part 2

Glasgow Herald
Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
25 Jan 1881, Tue  •  Page 1

There are two suggestions to why Carleton Place was named.

In 1818 Edmund Morphy and his sons located in Beckwith Township where Mississippi Lake discharges its waters into the river of the same name.  In 1820 Hugh Bolton built the first mill there between Perth and Bytown, now Ottawa.  Around this nucleus soon collected stores and a hamlet called Morphy’s Falls.  When the post office was opened in 1826 the name was changed through the influence of its post master, Caleb S. Bellows, to Carleton Place suggested, perhaps, by its proximity to Carleton County.

In 1830 Morphy’s Falls emerged from its cocoon spreading the name of Carleton Place. It was said that the name was chosen because of happy memories of a street by that name in Glasgow minus the E.

Glasgow Herald
Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
21 Oct 1850, Mon  •  Page 2

What is in a name? Some postal history..

Pre-1830-Citizens would have to travel 25 miles to the post office in Perth to send a letter. At the time Perth was the administrative centre in the region.

1830-The first postmaster in Carleton Place was Caleb Strong Bellows who operated the post office out of his private store across from the present day Town Hall.

1834– On April 7th the postmastership passe from Bellows to Robert Bell. As the second postmaster, Bell operated the post office out of his private store on the NE corner of Bridge Street and Bell Street intersection. 1854- The third postmaster of Carleton Place was Duncan Campbell. It is somewhat unclear as to where he ran the post office from. It is speculated that it was in a  location near St.James.

1860- On April 1 Postmaster Patrick Struthers took charge. Struthers had the post office in three locations, first on Bridge and Bell and then in 1870’s he moved it across the bridge to the NE corner of Bridge and Franklin.

1891- The Post Office is moved for the third time under Struthers’ charge. it has moved out of a private business to a government building for the first time. This government building is a red sandstone building at 81 Bridge Street.

Photo of the old Carleton Place Post Office- Linda Seccaspina

History of Carlton Place Glasgow, Scotland

This engraving by Robert Scott was cut in 1812 and shows Carlton Place on the south bank of the River Clyde opposite what is now Clyde Street and Glasgow Green. On the far right is the distinctive Glasgow Bridge. On the left is Gorbals Parish Church, designed by David Hamilton. The site is now occupied by the Sheriff Court.

Carlton Place contains two elegant tenement buildings each of 375 feet in length, with balconies in the middle and at the ends of their facades. The buildings were designed as a single architectural concept, a first for Glasgow, and were intended as the showpiece of Laurieston, the residential suburb built by the brothers John and David Laurie in the early 1800s. The original architect was Peter Nicholson, and the work was completed by John Baird Snr.

Reference: Mitchell Library, G 914.1435

Carlton Place, 1960

Carlton Place on the south bank of the Clyde opposite the city centre, in a composite photograph from 1960. In the centre with the tower is Gorbals Parish Church, which was demolished in 1973.

Designed by Peter Nicholson in 1802, Carlton Place was the showpiece river frontage of John Laurie’s development of a high-class residential area, which he named Laurieston, to the south of the River Clyde. Despite considerable investment, however, Laurieston failed to become an exclusive suburb – the establishment of heavy industries in the area, and the unpleasant atmospheric pollution that they created, meant that affluent Glaswegians preferred to move to homes in the West End.

Italian tradesmen executed the sumptuous plasterwork and internal decoration in some of the buildings. This is especially true of Laurieston House, (No 52), the main feature of the terrace and once the home of John Laurie and his brother David. It is regarded as the most splendid, intact Georgian house in the city. Carlton Place has recently been restored to something of its original glory, and there are proposals to allow the public access to the restored Laurieston House.

Reference: Pre-war and war time housing, A/40/F/59

2020 Carlton Place Glasgow, Scotland – 6,151 SQFT LAND/SITE/DEV FOR SALE IN 48/49 CARLTON PLACE, GLASGOW, G5 9TW

How Did Carleton Place Get the Name Cartoon Place? Linda’s Mailbag

Carleton Place 1857- Your Butcher Your Baker and Your Candlestick Maker -Names Names Names

Carleton Place Directory 1859

  2. 1898-1899 Carleton Place Directory
  3. Carleton Place 1903 Business Directory –Names Names Names
  4. My Baby, Just-a Wrote Me a Letter– The Carleton Place Post Office

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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